brunelleschi, lacan, le corbusier
off the back of my last lexicocentric post, a friend, ian pollard, has kindly pointed me in two mutually diverse directions. the first, which i shall speak about here, is to the french troupe oulipo : short for ouvroir de littérature potentielle. these literarians, poets and linguists, from all flights of thought, wished to create new techniques, tools and machines for using words.
“the seeking of new structures and patterns that may be used by writers in any way they enjoy.” Constraints are used to trigger new ideas and the Oulipo group is an ongoing source of novel techniques, often based on mathematical ideas — such as counting letters and syllables, substitution algorithms, permutations, palindromes, and even chess problems.”
– from another blog
as if seeking a new language of grammar, the rules by which words were brought together seem exploratory and fresh; they employed palindromes, lipograms and other constraints. i think my favourite is the snowball. here follows a ‘melting snowball’ poem by harry matthews, in which each sequential word is one letter shorter than the previous.
[thanks for the reference ian]